Crozetians Remember Troops Overseas at Christmas

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Thanks to Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and Crozet Library patrons, 183 holiday postcards will be delivered to Armed Services personnel around the world. During the three weeks prior to Veteran’s Day, JMRL provided holiday greetings postcards to our patrons, inviting them to write holiday messages to our troops. Completed postcards were collected from all of JMRL’s branches and delivered to the Blue Star Mothers organization, a non-partisan, non-political organization, comprised of mothers who now have, or have had, children serving in the military. Twice annually, Blue Star Mothers sends packages to our troops, filled with goodies from home. This year’s shipment of holiday packages will contain heartwarming messages of support, including 45 messages from Crozet, Virginia!

Here are some samples:

Thank you for all that you do. We will enjoy the Holiday Season grateful for your service. Here in a little town in Virginia, it’s election day I’m thankful to have the privilege of voting, knowing so many do not enjoy this freedom. My prayers & my thoughts are with you for your safe return. Happy Holidays & may you have many more. Thank you.

Thank you so much for what you are doing. I appreciate what you are sacrificing. My husband is deployed to Afghanistan. It’s so hard to be apart from him. Thank your wife. I know what she’s going through.

Dear Soldier—Happy Holidays. I am a middle schooler in the U.S.A. I really appreciate all that you are doing for our country right now. Thank you for fighting for my freedom. I know that if you weren’t fighting for our freedom I wouldn’t be able to celebrate the holidays, so thank you. You are one of my heroes for making that sacrifice for me. Often people don’t take the time to appreciate that, and you soldiers don’t get the credit you deserve but just know that I realize how much of a sacrifice it is. Thank you.

Greetings from Crozet, Va! I hope this note finds you safe and well. Thank you for all you are doing for us and those in the world who deserve to live in peace and freedom. You and your fellow comrades are true heroes. God bless you all and keep you from harm.

Thank you for the service you are providing to our country, our people, our children. We think of you and we are grateful every day. Happy holidays to you and your family and fellow troops and THANK YOU.

To: the person far away from home on the holidays, the person I am thinking of now. May you be safe- May you be wise in action—May you sleep well—May you come home when your job is done, well and at peace. Sending you love.

Thinking of you, with my full, heartfelt wishes for your safe, speedy return. This card comes to you from Crozet, Va., a small town at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains. Right now, it’s fall, and the leaves are spectacular—wish I could somehow capture the colors for you! It’s cool in the evenings, sunny and warm during the day, with a slight hint of dampness from the dewy leaves. Kids are getting ready for Halloween this week—picking their costumes and carving pumpkins. I hope you are well and safe, and I thank you and your fellow troops for all you do, everyday. Please know that you’re in our thoughts. Hoping you’ll be home soon. You have my best wishes, admiration and respect.

Hi from Crozet, Va. I don’t suppose any of us here fully understand the sacrifice you have made on our behalf. May Peace be with you and may you return home safely soon.

Holiday Greetings from Crozet, Va. Hope you have a nice holiday! Please know how grateful we are for what you are doing. I hope you get to come home, for good, soon.

All of us here in Crozet, Va. are wishing you the best holiday possible, and a hope for peace next year. Thank you for your many sacrifices.

To all the brave men and women in the armed forces – May God bless you all and watch over you and your families today and always. Thank you, and come home soon.

Thank you for your service to us all. May we all have a happy and peaceful New Year.